Could search engines be fostering some Dunning-Kruger?

Thanks to Google, more people may be experiencing the Dunning-Kruger effect — the phenomenon where those with lesser skills tend to overestimate their ability, and those with advanced skills underestimate their ability. Adrian Ward found that people who were allowed to use Google when answering a questionnaire felt more confident in their recollection abilities, even saying they would perform as well when presented with a future test without the Internet. He speculates that Google’s snappy nature makes people think the information came from their memories instead. Read full article here


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